Eugenie Bouchard EMPATHIZES with Emma Raducanu in her struggles, underlines differences with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

Both Eugenie Bouchard and Emma Raducanu are in the same phase of their respective careers where struggles with fitness and form become highlights. Hence, the Canadian is sympathizing with the Briton.


Eugenie Bouchard EMPATHIZES with Emma Raducanu in her struggles, underlines differences with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic, Emma Raducanu, Eugenie Bouchard, Rafael Nadal (Image Credit: FirstSportz)

Eugenie Bouchard almost a decade ago made her breakthrough into the professional tennis. Soon, she was touted as one of the top players on the tour and one to watch out for in future.

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In 2014, she went on to play the Wimbledon final against Petra Kvitova but lost. The very same year she reached the semi-finals of both the Australian Open and the French Open and rose to the World No.5 rank.

However, since then her struggles have been plenty. For many months, she was out of the tour because of shoulder surgery. She made her return to the tour at the very end of the last season and this year she wants to make it big.

The Canadian is currently ranked No.285 in the world and has qualified for the main draw of the Madrid Open 2023. This is the first time she will be playing in the WTA Masters 1000 tournament main draw in the last four years.

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In a recent interview with WTA, she talked about her slow progress and the feeling to be back in the competition after such a long while. She also gave the example of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to illustrate her point further.

Yes and no. I’ve gotten a couple of good matches in. I’m just proud that I’m able to have a chance to play another match. Matches are what I need right now — I’ve been off intermittently for a while. It’s like restarting at zero. Looking back, I was still Top 50 in the world. It’s still amazing to be 50 in the world. And you can’t win all the time unless you’re Novak [Djokovic] or Rafa [Nadal],” Eugenie Bouchard said.

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Eugenie Bouchard compares her situation with Emma Raducanu

Eugenie Bouchard and Emma Raducanu (Image Credit: FirstSportz)
Eugenie Bouchard and Emma Raducanu (Image Credit: FirstSportz)

The Canadian is in a difficult stage of her career. She has been continuously struggling with form and fitness issues. A common conundrum that has grappled some of the finest players in the world. It continues to spread its menace and Emma Raducanu is in the middle of it.

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Emma Raducanu won the US Open 2021 women’s singles title. She also managed to climb to World No.10 in the WTA singles rankings at the end of the year. However, soon her luck ran out.

The Briton’s 2022 season was a disaster and the 2023 season is looking to follow similar route. Eugenie Bouchard feels for the beleagured British tennis professional as she too has seen such immediate lows after experiencing big highs in her career.

“I see lots of similarities. I feel for her in the sense. She has a great life, she’s set for life and she’s had great achievements. But I can understand a little bit, possibly the pressure, the scrutiny. She tweeted something, posted something about not doing tennis one day and people were like, ‘Why don’t you go to practice’. I was like, `Oh, my God, I went through that six, eight years ago.’ Haters will hate, you know what I mean?” Eugenie Bouchard answered in the same interview.

Meanwhile, Emma Raducanu has withdrawn from the Madrid Open 2023. On the other hand, Eugenie Bouchard will start her campaign in this competition against Martina Trevisan.

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